Web cam recommendations for OS X

Posted on 2007-10-05
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
I have a mac pro and am looking for a good web cam.  So far in looking around it seems that there really aren't alot of web cams that will run on OS X.

Can someone recommend one for this OS?

Question by:WebStalkers
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    The best on is Apple's iSight.  Can be difficult to find.
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    I would go on ebay and buy and a used  Apple Isight. It was a very nice piece of euipment because not only will it work with OS X it also has a firewire interface not usb. USb 2 is technically rated at higher throughput than firewire 400, but in reality 400 has better susbtained throughput for fewer dropped frames. Plus the iSight records at 640 by 480 at 30 fps with good audio pickeup. I even bought a little light ring that was made for it for darkened rooms. If you but form a reputable dealer there I am sure you will get a sound peice of equipment. In the long run, I would bet the house that the iSight will be included  the next the Apple Cinema displays are next updated.
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    Author Comment

    Thank you for the comments.  I will keep an eye out for one.
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    My doctor's office uses thiis... That should tell you something about the "robustness" of the hardware. (They use it on a daily basis, at least 30 times a day....for photos of all incoming/outgoing patients.) The face-tracking/auto-panning feature alone is enough to warrant some curriosity... I don't know of any other webcam that can automatically track faces....and mechanically adjust the lens position to compensate!!!!

    "This highly unusual and futuristic webcam features automatic pan and tilt capabilities as well as automatic face-tracking software to ensure you're always in the picture...."


    "Superior Image Quality
    Let them see the twinkle in your eye.

    Mechanized Pan & Tilt Face Tracking: Webcam head moves to keep you in the video.
    RightLight"2 Technology: Adjusts your low, uneven images, or glaring light automatically.
    Ultra-Wide Field of View: Capture everyone in the room.
    True 1.3-Megapixel: Get fine detail and fluid video.
    Up to 30 fps: Give your loved ones smooth, full-motion video."


    Buy it from a major brick and mortar and you can return it if you don't like it.

    If I didn't own an iSight (by default, on my MBP), I would buy one of these... Although, the users above are correct, the original iSight's are highly coveted... If you can find one, I recommend buying it...just for kicks...(It's resolution/specs aren't up to snuff with most of the competition in the market today.)

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